When you get the cylinders off you will need a bore gauge to measure the inside diameter to ensure they are still in spec. I suggest you look for a good machinist who can also remove your valves and clean up the head and cylinders. If you have an airport nearby there may be a mechanic who does work on the side.
An airport coz aluminum? or will any (good) old machine shop do?
Got the head and block off, didn't break anything yet. The head gasket looks fine to me, although maybe the fact that it popped off looking practically brand new says something. The base gasket is gonna be a major PIA to clean off.
Lots of black gunk caked on the piston heads and the valves look like they need some attention. Also some signs of some rubbing on one side of one bore and its corresponding piston wall, but doesn't seem to have scored it too bad...but that's only based on a finger test. All in all, its probably a good thing she's getting her 13,000 mile checkup.
Guess its better to put my captions below. Valve springs and the 8 head nuts waiting to come off. These are the only things that come off easy. Wire holding up cam chain
The camshaft. You take the 2 bolts out of the sprocket to get it loose, and that gives you slack for getting the chain off of it, which is then engaged with the waiting wire or screwdriver lest it fall deep into the abyss of the crankcase.
Once the head bolts are off (I'm skipping important pictorial steps here, like removing the chain tensioner from the block), lift the head and slide another wire to catch the chain when you remove the first wire...
the head is off and oh, my...that looks not so good to me but fortunately I'm pretty ignorant. Yes I should have cleaned the exterior better, or at all, before removing it so do as I say not as I do. I was very careful not to let anything fall in.
I was expecting the head gasket to look...well, not at all like that.
The block comes up. I had to do some prying on this, unlike the head which I just pulled on. Make sure to use the pry points, one on the left and one on the right. Another wire in place to catch the chain again.
I would say that the damage to the piston/cylinder is not "ideal" but maybe also not "that bad"? I know some will disagree, and I will say that best practice for the most longevity would be boring out (oversized pistons available but probably rare!) or resleeving (yeowch!).
If it passes the fingernail test I would run it - you seem to have gotten it apart pretty easily, another time would be even quicker.
By the way, the wires to catch the cam chain are a stroke of genius...I never thought of that.
I will tackle the evil circlips tomorrow and take the pistons and bores in Tues or Wed. I think the piston might be toast. Its very slight, but I can feel some wear on it. Oh well, I may end up exceeding 305 dollars on this but if I can keep it under 500 it'll be worth it just for the edumacation.
Edit: ahh, someone else was calling it toast as I was typing my toasty post. I agree. A toast to us!
OK, I found a NOS piston but before I go buying one I think I need to get this looked over by the pros. I got a couple recommendations for a machine shop. Since I'm a virgin rebuilder, tell me what I need to know and what I need to ask them to do. Obviously they'll need to hone or rebore the cylinder(s), if possible. What else? Resurfacing? Valve cleanup or grind? Is there else anything I can do at home (ie easy, non-precision work) to save $$? How much should the shop work cost and how do I avoid getting pulled into work I don't need?